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681  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / can you really spray-paint a ceramic cookie jar??? on: May 25, 2005 06:49:35 AM
A few years back my old boss gave me a cookie jar as a Christmas gift.  It's cute, but not really my style.  I'm in the process of buying a new house and I want to accessorize my kitchen with various red objects.  My question, I guess, is how should I repaint the jar?  It's already glazed and fired, and regular acrylic or latex paint works for a short while but then it just peels off.  Anyone know if I can use spraypaint???  I'd love to get a nice high-gloss paint.  What kind should I use???

Thanks ahead of time for your input!

682  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: using vegetables as picture frames - crazy? on: May 24, 2005 09:21:43 AM
The only thing that pops into my mind is that you could make a plaster mold of it and then cast your "frames" in either more plaster or resin, etc.  You could paint them once they're dry to match your decor, or to mimic the color and texture of bamboo if that's what you want.  I know for a fact that this would work because back in college a friend of mine cast a fish from a plaster mold...and yes, she used a REAL, DEAD fish.  Other than that, I'm at a loss.
683  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Stenciled Headrests...(my fist post) on: May 20, 2005 10:22:26 AM
Wow, those are really nice.  I'm impressed.  Thanks for sharing them!!!
684  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first sewing project! on: May 18, 2005 12:24:44 PM
Awww, it's so cute!  I haven't tried my hand at making a bag yet and you've inspired me!!!  I now have hope that I might be able to make one too!  Thanks for posting it
685  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Furniture help? on: May 18, 2005 07:54:08 AM
Hmm, okay, how about:

contact paper?
sanding and staining?
wood veneer?

You could also make up a neat collage of photographs or wallpaper or something like that and then cover it with either glass or plexi to protect the surface.
686  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: sequin purse help on: May 16, 2005 12:20:17 PM
Even though I truly believe it's Satan's Den and don't condone shopping there, Walmart carries this really cool material that looks like sewn-on sequins but they're stuck onto a mesh-like fabric with some sort of adhesive.  They don't fall off or anything like that.  The material comes in all sorts of colors, you can sew over it without worrying about breaking needles, and it's much, much sparklier than sequins.  Pretty cheap too!
687  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Embroidered Circles Pillows on: May 16, 2005 12:14:36 PM
Wow, those are really nice.  I love the simplicity in the color pallate and the complexity in the design.  I'm sure your mom loved them, right?
688  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Plaster Wine Bottle Wall Hangings, Feasible or Not So Much? on: May 12, 2005 09:57:32 AM
Back in art school I made a few plaster molds to cast things.  In this case I wouldn't use Pam, but a very, VERY thin coat of Vaseline would work fine...that's what I always used and it worked out.  Once you pour the mold and let it set, remove your plaster bottles from the mold and wipe off the rest of the Vaseline.  As far as paint goes, I'm sure you could use anything.  I always went with basic acrylic paint which needed several coats as the plaster will soak it right up.  Use this patina method until you get the color you want.  Not sure what you'd seal it with, but I'm sure any kind of poly or spray sealer would be fine.

Good luck!
689  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: plants for a chain link fence on: May 09, 2005 07:33:16 AM
I was just going to suggest morning glories and noticed that someone else already did.  I live in upstate NY too and our morning glories do very well from late spring to fall.  They reseed themselves and sooner or later they'll take over your entire fence.
690  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: What To Write On FIGHT CLUB Shirt? on: May 07, 2005 03:54:17 PM
Or, my very favorite:

"Bob had bitch tits"
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